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Ohio Council of YWCAs Advocacy Chair emphasizes need for grassroots education following low voter turnout in May Primary

A "vote here" sign marks the entrance to an early voting station in downtown Minneapolis in 2018.
Steve Karnowski
A "vote here" sign marks the entrance to an early voting station in downtown Minneapolis in 2018.

A common comment from election officials across the state is that voters don’t come out for primaries.

Not all precincts had issues on the May 2023 ballot. Of the precincts that did have ballot issues, voting turnout was low. In Montgomery County, out of 282,430 registered voters in open precincts, 30,615 actually cast ballots in the last week. Greene County has almost 117,907 registered voters in open precincts and 15,400 of them went to the polls. Clark County had 8,171 registered voters in precincts that had ballot issues. However, only 492 voted last Tuesday.

Barbara Ward is the Advocacy Chair for the Ohio Council of YWCAs. She says more grassroots education is needed.

“Especially when it comes to ballot initiatives and who am I voting for, what am I voting for–the education part of the voting process and how it directly affects our day to day is crucial," she explained.

Ward also emphasizes what she calls a simple truth–casting a vote is a person’s opportunity to influence local policies.

“We get to shape what the community looks like. What are the issues important to us–we get to show that through our vote, especially the local elections,” Ward said. “With your vote, it really does affect our day to day lives.”

Across the state, boards of elections have until May 23 to submit their final Primary results to the Secretary of State for final certification.

Kathryn Mobley is an award-winning broadcast journalist, crafting stories for more than 30 years. She’s reported and produced for TV, NPR affiliate and for the web. Mobley also contributes to several area community groups. She sings tenor with World House Choir (Yellow Springs), she’s a board member of the Beavercreek Community Theatre and volunteers with two community television operations, DATV (Dayton) and MVCC (Centerville).

Email: kmobley@wyso.org
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